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rove v0.2:

	what is it?
		rove is a sample-cutter in the spirit of (and blatantly imitating) mlr.
		it is written in C and designed primarily to run on the linux platform,
		though, due to similarities between the platforms, it has been compiled
		and run successfully on mac os X.

		please keep in mind that rove is alpha-quality software at best!
		there's still much to be done to make it useful even in a basic setting,
		and it's a far cry from being production-worthy.  i can't guarantee that
		it will work for you, though i've yet to have a problem.

		rove has, thus far, been tested on a 32-bit linux system, a 64-bit linux
		system, and a mac os x system.	after installing the dependencies,
		it required no modification to function correctly.

		so, basically, i can't guarantee it'll work for you.  but it probably will.
		if it doesn't, holler at me.

	how do i install it?
		the dependency list is short, but, depending on your architecture,
		installation may prove to be a bit different than what you're used to.

		regardless of the platform, you'll need:
			- libmonome
			- JACK (
			- libsndfile

		and, optionally:
			- libsamplerate

		the libmonome code is hosted at, and you
		should build a recent git checkout to make sure you have the OSC protocol.

		if you're on linux, you might already have the latter three installed. if not,
		use your system's package manager to install both the main packages and the
		"-dev" packages for them.

		if you're a mac user, this may be a bit trickier.  you can grab JACK from and libsndfile from
		read the README and INSTALL files that come along with those projects.

		you'll need libsamplerate if you want to be able to change the playback speed
		of loops.  libsamplerate can be downloaded from

		if you're familiar with maintaining software on os X, please get in contact
		with me!  i'd love to be able to distribute a proper package of rove,
		but i haven't the faintest idea where to start.
		additionally, i don't have any mac computers on which i can test.

	okay, i've got that stuff installed, now what?
		just run "make" from the top-level rove directory.  rove should build quickly
		and uneventfully.  after that, do a "make install" as root to install the rove
		executable system-wide.

		if there are any errors in the build process, let me know either via email
		or on the monome forums.  i'll see what i can do.

	how do i use it?
		currently, rove has no GUI of any sort.	 all of the configuration is done
		through text files in a fairly standard-looking configuration file format
		that's basically a windows INI file.  a session file looks like this:

			[session]           # comments start with a pound symbol and span a line!
			bpm      = 87.68    # beats per minute
			quantize = .25      # fraction of a quarter note to quantize to
			groups   = 2        # number of groups
			pattern1 = 8        # pattern 1 length (in beats)
			pattern2 = 8        # pattern 2 length
			columns  = 12       # columns to span

			path    = drums.wav # path to the loop relative to the session file
			rows    = 2         # number of rows to span across
			group   = 1         # group to which the file is assigned
			columns = 14        # columns to span (overrides session columns)
			speed   = 0.5       # playback speed

			[file]              # loops are mapped on the monome from top to bottom
			path    = piano.wav # in order of where they appear in the session file
			group   = 2

			path    = piano.wav # "path" and "group" are required parameters
			group   = 2         # but "reverse" and "rows" are optional
			reverse             # and are assumed to be "false" and "1" respectively

		the row spanning lets you spread a loop out across several rows for added precision.
		after you've created your session file, run rove with "rove <sessionfile.rv>".

		there is also an additional, global configuration file.  this file looks similar to
		the session file but has different expected sections and variables.  here is an
		example file, with the variables set to their defaults.
		all variables here are optional.

			columns     = 8

			prefix      = /rove
			host-port   = 8080
			listen-port = 8000

		save your configuration file as ".rove.conf" in your home directory and rove will
		load it at startup!

	what do i press?
		       +-----------+ - - - - - +-----------+-----------+-----------+-----------+
		  left |   group   |  many of  | pattern 1 | pattern 2 |   prev    |   next    | right
		  side |    mute   |   those   | rec / tog | rec / tog |  session  |  session  | side
		       +-----------+ - - - - - +-----------+-----------+-----------+-----------+

		at the moment, it's designed to mimic mlr.  the top row is the control row, with the
		first [number of groups in session] buttons turning off their respective group.
		activate a group by pressing a button associated with one of the loops, which means
		anything below the first row starting with the second.

		the two buttons after the group controls are pattern recorders, and these act a bit
		differently.  pressing the button without anything recorded waits until you cut
		somewhere in a loop to start recording, then will record a pattern as long as you've
		specified in your config file. you can press it again any time before the end of the
		specified length to play the pattern you've created. or, if the pattern length is 0,
		it will record until you press the record button again.

		pressing that button again turns the pattern off, resuming normal playback
		immediately. turning off recorded patterns deletes them, so that you can record
		again by pressing the pattern button and playing another sequence.

		the two buttons after the pattern recorders are session controls. rove can load
		more than one session. pressing these buttons moves forward and backward through the
		loaded sessions. this is good for seamless set changes, so that you can advance from
		song to	song without having to stop and restart rove.

		you can load multiple sessions from the command line:

		$ rove session1.rv session2.rv

		you can also place multiple sessions in a single session file:

		$ rove big_setlist.rv

		a multi-session file looks just like a single session, except that you can add
		several sequential blocks:



		and so on. rove loads sessions in order, from the top down.

		when performing with multiple sessions, bpm is determined by the currently loaded
		session. you can leave a group playing from one session, advance to the next session,
		and the old session's group will still play at the old bpm. once you press the group
		mute button for that old session, then that sample ends and is cleared, making the
		group available for the current session, at the current session's bpm.

		at the moment, this is pretty much the extent of rove's functionality.
		don't worry, more is coming soon!

	how do i get in contact with you?
		my email address is, and i'd love to hear from you.  questions,
		comments, encouragement, anything.  it's a great feeling hearing from people.

		please don't mind the messiness of the code or the general lack of polish presently.
		i figure that getting software into peoples' hands is the best way to find rough edges
		that i would otherwise miss, and it's the best way to get alternate perspectives
		on how an interface feels.

		thanks so much.
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